2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Look, New Transmission

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Our own Jack Baruth is full of praise for Honda’s CVT transmission, and it looks like the 2015 CR-V could be the next vehicle from the Big H to adopt it, replacing the 5-speed automatic gearbox.

While Honda has released just a single photograph of the 2015 CR-V, we have it on good authority that the CVT will be part of the CR-V’s mid-cycle refresh. It’s unlikely that consumers will notice the changeover, despite the howls of protest from certain corners of the enthusiast community. And the CR-V is unlikely to lose its dominant spot on the top of the crossover sales charts.

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  • Koshchei Koshchei on Sep 23, 2014

    What TTAC needs is a Saturation Dive article on the different types of CVT and the benefits of each -- last I checked, there were three, and all with wildly different ways of achieving the same thing. No idea about reliability though. Note that only one of them uses either a rubber or metal V-belt.

  • Frozenman Frozenman on Sep 23, 2014

    Nice front end update Honda, could care less about the cvt though, where is the hybrid power train from the Accord??

  • PCP PCP on Sep 23, 2014

    Here in ole' Europe, you can still get it with a 6-speed manual and 2.2 litre Turbodiesel. Or in FWD only with the new 1.6 litre. I drive one daily and wouldn't want anything else than a manual.

  • FormerFF FormerFF on Sep 23, 2014

    I had a rental Corolla with a CVT a while back, and I've been driving a hybrid for the last six months, and I have to say I'm sold on the CVT now. In traffic, the CVT is a lot smoother, and it's fine on the highway. It's not the best for sporting applications, but what automatic is, other than the really good dual clutch transmissions like Porsche has?